When writers read books or watch movies, we may be enjoying the words/images as a casual reader/viewer, but in the back of our heads, we are constantly analyzing them. Well, at least I am, at any rate.
I saw Marvel’s The Avengers on Saturday and it exceeded my expectations. Of course, the special effects were excellent and all the explosions kept me entertained and made the movie feel much shorter than it was (over two hours).
What really made The Avengers special for me was the character development. Instead of being focused on just one superhero, it was focused on several, and the screenwriters managed to keep each character “in character” quite well. I especially liked how they played the characters off each other (with some rather amusing results). I got an understanding of each character’s flaws and strengths, and even though I hadn’t seen Captain America or Thor, I got the basic gist of what had happened in those movies.
The plot was nice; there were some quieter, more contemplative scenes mixed in with all the explosions. I found myself rooting for the characters, rolling my eyes at every sarcastic comment that came out of Tony Stark’s mouth, and thinking that there was no way they could have made the movie any better. Even from a writer’s perspective, it was quite well done. Thus, I highly recommend it. 🙂